It actually had a lot to do with getting the US Government to respect the national sovereignty of its friend and ally, NZ.
Certainly, there were concerns of the risk of contamination should a leak occur and the risk of NZ ports being a nuclear target in the event of a war, but from my perspective it was about sovereignty and respect.[/quote]
This may well true.Perhaps you are looking at ultimate truth,while I am looking at conventional truth.
For many kiwis this was the first time that we decided to get up off of our butts and go and vote.And while it is true that ultimately it was about our countrys sovereignty,for those of us who had spent many days down at the water front welcoming the sailors off of these vessels to our country,and explaining to them that the protest wasn't against them but rather about their means of transport it was definately an anti nuke vote.David Lange promised to ban the ships.That won my vote.
Unfortunately getting not only the US,but also the British government to respect our sovereignty didn't quite work out.
The US still has sanctions against NZ and to the best of my knowledge no US president has met with a NZ prime minister since then.
And crawling on the planets face,some insects called the human race.
Lost in time
Lost in space